It’s a Mystery! The Mystery Blogger Award!

My thanks to Moyatori over at The Moyatorium for nominating me for this award. They run a really interesting blog so make sure to check them out!

First let’s take a look at the rules.

RULES

  • Display the award logo on your blog.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention Okoto Enigma, the creator of the award.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Answer 5 questions from the nominee.
  • Nominate 10 – 20 bloggers.
  • Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, including 1 weird or funny question.
  • Share the link to your best post.

Three Things About Me

  1. I turned 30 yesterday, which still hasn’t sunk in properly. I don’t feel 30, I’m not sure if I ever will. In my head I’m still in my late teens/early twenties and I’m kinda okay with that.
  2. At college I had the nickname ‘The Blue Screen of Death’, because I had a habit of always wearing one of two blue coats and every time I walked into the classroom you could guarantee at least one of the computers would be suffering from the blue screen of death, so naturally I got the blame.
  3. When I was young one of my favourite drinks was called a ‘Blue Lagoon’, basically it was lemonade with blue drinks colouring. I used to drink it all the time when my family went on holiday to Spain. It’s been nearly two decades since I’ve had one and now I’m suddenly feeling nostalgic, excuse me…

Moyatori’s Questions

  1. What colour of clothing do you wear the most?

Either red or blue for my shirt and black for my trousers. I’m a primary colours kind of guy, but which I mean I’m lazy and don’t care too much about what I look like so I stick to simple stuff.

2. What’s your opinion on dessert pizza?

Wait, there’s such a thing as a dessert pizza? As in a dessert…and a pizza? Together? In one? Sounds great! Where can I get one?

3. What’s your favourite mountain (even if you never thought about it, try choosing one! I like mountains these days…)?

Great Orme. It’s a mountain in Llandudno, Wales, and the only mountain I think I’ve been up. It’s really beautiful and has some great views.

4. Are you good at navigating to places, or are you a little directionally challenged?

Once I’ve wandered round a place a bit and gotten my bearings I’m fairly comfortable navigating around, I like a good walk anyway and sometimes I’ll go for a wander just for the fun of it. That being said I do get a little nervous when I’m visiting somewhere I haven’t been before.

5. You’re in great debt to the mafia and they’re chopping off one of your fingers on each hand (the same finger on each). Which finger would you rather lose?

Whatever the finger next to my pinkie finger is called. It seems to be there mostly to keep the middle finger company and I think I could get by with all my other fingers just fine.

My Questions

  1. You’re given a blank check by a Hollywood executive to make a movie adaptation of whatever you want, as long as it’s never been adapted before (this Hollywood Exec is clearly some sort of alien in disguise, but never mind that). What are you adapting and why?
  2. The world’s greatest chefs from across time and space have come together to make you a meal, what’s on the menu?
  3. A quiet corner where you won’t ever be disturbed, or a roaring party with all your best friends. You can only have one, which will it be?
  4. Do you blame it on the sunshine? The moonlight? The good times? Or the boogie?
  5. How are you today?

Nominees

Scott

Ospreyshire

Lynn

Irina

Crow

Tiger

AshleyCapes

Al’s Manga Blog

Chizurue

Yomu

Finally, for my best post, I kind of don’t know how to qualify that. Do I go for one that got the best reaction, or one that I’m proudest of? If it’s the latter than that changes all the time, in fact my current proudest review hasn’t even be released yet, and it won’t be until November. There’s plenty of my recent reviews that I think are good and managed to get across what I wanted, but for this I think I’ll go back to last year with my Promised Neverland review. Enjoy!

Chris Joynson, aka the Infallible Fish, is a writer, blogger and lover of animation living in Sheffield. The blog updates every Friday or you can follow me on Twitter @ChrisGJoynson.

It’s a Really Neat Blog Award!

I got another award! I mean…just wow, all this positive recognition is doing wonders for my low self-esteem so thank you Ospreyshire over at IridiumEyeReviews, this means a lot. Curtis runs a really great blog looking at movies, documentaries and anime that the majority of the time I’ve never heard of before, but that’s what makes it so great. His reviews are packed full of detail and trivia so make sure to check out his blog. Now he’s given me some tough questions to answer with this post, but before we get to those, let’s do the housekeeping. Here’re the rules!

The Rules

1. Display the logo.

2. Thank the bloggers for the award.

3. Answer the questions from the one who nominated you.

4. Nominate 7 to 10 bloggers.

5. Ask them 7 questions.

Already done 1 and 2, so let’s get on to the questions!

  1. What is one obscure movie or anime that you know of that you wish was more popular?

At least we’re starting with an easy one (I’ve looked at the rest of the questions and I don’t hold out much hope for myself). Song of the Sea is my pick. An irish animated film from Cartoon Saloon it is an utterly outstanding film, hauntingly beautiful and sweet. It’s based on the selkie myth and features a young brother and sister who learn that the sister can turn into a seal when she puts on her coat, but when they’re shipped off to their grandmother’s house inland, they realise they need to get back home before the sister perishes. It’s a story about grief and family bonds and I think everyone should see it at least once. I don’t have words for how beautiful the animation is, just google it and you’ll see.

  1. As some people may know, I am very vocal about film plagiarism issues (Examples: Inception stealing major concepts from Paprika or The Lion King blatantly plagiarizing several characters, scenes, and plot points from Kimba the White Lion). If some movie did some cinematic thievery, what is one original film, TV series, or anime would you not want to see ripped off at all costs?

Does it count as a rip-off if it’s your own property that your copying wholesale? If so then I’d like to fence off what’s left of Disney’s animated catalogue before they get turned into ‘live action’ copies like so many already have. Look, if you enjoy Disney’s crop of live action films then power to you, I’m glad someone is getting some enjoyment out of them, but they’re really not for me. I’m biased towards animation, I know, you can just do so much with it, the breadth of imagination and scope it can bring to life is amazing. Next to the written word it’s my favourite medium.

The live action films are trying so hard to be the animated versions of themselves that I just don’t get it. I mean if they wanted to do their own thing with the stories, take things in a new direction or put a twist on things I’d be all for it (if you’re going to copy something the least you can do is put your spin on it), but that’s not what these films are trying to do. They’re so obviously trying to appeal to the nostalgia centres of people’s brains, when people can just easily go and watch the animated ones. I don’t see the point of that, but they make money so I think they’ll be around for a while yet (Sorry, I’ve gone a bit ranty here).

  1. Who is the most underrated composer in your opinion?

Ah, this is probably going to be the most difficult question for me to answer. I always feel guilty admitting this, but I always feel nervous learning about the people behind the series I love. I suppose I’m just scared that I’ll find out they’re a complete -insert swear word here- and I’ll never be able to enjoy their work again (a recent example, I can never watch an episode of Smallville again after finding out about that whole Allison Mack thing). I like to keep artists up on their pedestal where I’m free to just bask in their work and not worry about anything but how their work makes me feel. In fact the only times I really learn creator’s names is either if they come up in conversation a lot or I see their names come up time after time.

Because of this most of the names I know are all fairly well recognised, which makes me feel bad because then I think about all those who I’m not appreciating. I don’t feel confident calling anyone underrated, but at the same time I feel like I need to name someone at the very least so how about Kenichiro Suehiro? I have no idea if he’s underrated or not, but I’ve recently started to notice him. He’s done the music for Fire Force, Granbelm, Goblin Slayer and Re:Zero to name a few and while some of these series have problems the music certainly isn’t one of them.

  1. Which country would you like to see some cinema from that’s not your homeland?

India. I read the first two books in the Pandava Quartet last year (think of them like Percy Jackson, but with Hindu mythology instead of Greek) and they really piqued my interest. I’ve always been interested in other cultures and mythology, but I’ve never really looked into India before so it feels like the time to start (now I just have to find the time to actually do it!). Also I really want to see the two Baahubali films, they look amazing.

  1. What are your biggest issues with the current Hollywood scene?

Oh, where do I even start with this one? The endless need to make a franchise out of anything and everything? Trading on nostalgia so much that there’s barely a chance for anything without a pre-existing fanbase to get a chance to live? (Don’t get me wrong, I love going back to watch old favourites or to see familiar characters again, but I also like to see completely new stuff every now and again). The lack of diversity both behind and in front of the camera?

All of the above and more, Hollywood is an old creaky system that I don’t know how to fix. It’s making progress, but like all progress it moves at a glacial place, while we all just sit here and wait for it to catch up. Movies are big business and a lot of people’s blood, sweat and tears go into making them. I take my hat off to anyone who works in the industry, but there are times when I want to kick said system up the backside and get it pick up the pace a little.

  1. Finish this idea: (Name of protagonist here) would be the most interesting hero ever if…?

Ezra Bridger would be the most interesting hero ever if he fully turned to the Dark Side, even if only once. I’m slightly worried about bringing up Star Wars considering how divided the fanbase has become, but screw it I’ve started so I’ll finish. I like Star Wars Rebels, and I mean I really like it, sure it has its problems, but whenever it was dealing with the Force or Thrawn it was exactly the kind of Star Wars I love. I also really like Ezra’s arc across the series, but if there’s one area where it falters it’s in the resolution to Ezra’s flirtation with the Dark Side, in that there isn’t really one.

All through season 2 we’ve got Ezra slowly giving in to his anger, his desperation to protect his friends making him crave the power he needs to save them. His scenes with Maul were some of the best in the series, and this trend continues into the next season, with Ezra still being so very angry, but then it kind of just stops and he goes back to being a Jedi without consequence. I feel like if Ezra had just fully crossed that line, just once, to properly snap him back to his senses it would have given this phase of his character arc more resolution.

  1. Who is one non-actor that should try voice acting? What kind of role(s) would they have?

Sir David Attenborough. I’ll admit it took me a while to think of a non-actor whose voice I think would fit really well into the profession of voice acting, then a repeat of ‘Blue Planet’ came up on the TV and it was a figurative light bulb. Yes, the man, the legend, the national treasure, David Attenborough. I’m not sure how well known he is outside of the UK, but he used to be THE voice for nature documentaries (nowadays he’s getting on a bit and leaves it to the upstart youths like David Tennant). I could seriously listen to him talk or narrate for hours on end and have a couple of times in the past. I can see him in a Miyazaki film, playing the grandfatherly mentor with an environmental message.

Whew. I had to think hard about some of those answers and I’m surprised by how little were about anime, but I made it through to the other side so now it’s my turn!

Here are my nominations:

The Otaku Author

Umai Yomu Anime Blog

www.crowsworldofanime.com

100 Word Anime

I drink and watch anime

TigerAnime

Inskime

Anyone else who wants to join is also welcome to jump in, now here are the questions!

  1. What was your first ever anime (did you even know it was an anime at the time)?
  2. When you’re watching an anime, do you read the manga as well or are you anime only? Why?
  3. What series or film (anime or not) do you think deserves more attention?
  4. What one thing is guaranteed to make you watch a series no matter what?
  5. What genre of anime would you like to see more of?
  6. If you could visit any world (be it from anime or a book or someplace else) where would you like to go?
  7. What character (again from any anime, book or something else) would you most like to spend an evening with, be that going out for a drink or just chilling on the sofa with them?

Hope of all of you have as mush fun as I did and thanks again Ospreyshire!

Chris Joynson, aka the Infallible Fish, is a writer, blogger and lover of animation living in Sheffield. The blog updates every Friday. 

 

Blogger Recognition Award

So I got nominated for this the other day by Irina, who also reminded me that Karandi had nominated me for the same award back in 2018 (which I had completely forgotten about, sorry). I am both surprised and overjoyed to be nominated, both times, and, yeah, I should probably get this done before I forget again, so let’s get to it!

Here’s how we do this:

1. Say thanks to who nominated you and leave a link back to that persons blog.

Massive thanks to both Irina and Karandi, you’re both pillars of the community and this little corner of the internet wouldn’t be the same without either of you. Irina is the queen of fun and thought-provoking posts, while Karandi is a master reviewer with a ridiculously good work ethic. Both are incredibly encouraging and, again, this place wouldn’t be the same without you. If anyone isn’t already following their blogs then you need to, right now.

2. Give the story or history of your blog.

I’ve mentioned parts of this before, but I don’t think I’ve ever put the whole story in one place. There’s basically two routes that led to the creation of this blog, the first comes from my ever arduous path to becoming a full-time writer (one day it will happen!). At the time I only had one short story published and was looking for a way to stretch my writing muscles, to challenge myself and build confidence in my own voice.

I was inspired by the UnshavedMouse blog, I created a character to hide myself behind, the Infallible Fish, and I even came up with a back story.

Cursed into the form of a talking cartoon fish by a half-mad deity known only as the Writer, the Infallible Fish has no idea who he is, or where he comes from, all he does know is that he has a burning urge to watch some animated stuff.

The plan was to review animated films and series with the occasional comedic skit featuring Fish and the Writer, with the potential for an ongoing plot, but I dropped that idea fairly quickly as I felt more comfortable reviewing stuff just as myself, though I kept the Fish for my title cards.

If you want to know where the name for my blog comes from, well, for that we have to time travel back to my college years where, one day, I happened across an ad in the paper that would form one of the cornerstones of my identity. The ad featured a usb stick in the shape of a fish, with the words ‘Never Argue with a Fish’ printed in bold above it. Somehow this was an advert for a car, I think. To this day I have no idea what the thought process behind that ad was and that’s why I love it, that eternal, unfathomable mystery of what’s going on inside someone else’s head. It’s weird, absurd and just outright hilarious to me, so I took that as my name on the internet.

However, I said there were two routes to this blog, while all this stuff was in my head I needed a trigger to get me off my backside and actually start writing. That trigger was Frozen. I had…issues with Frozen and while I’ve come to terms with them over the years, the need to talk through my feelings with someone became the basis for the very first review of this blog, HERE.

3. Give two or more pieces of advice for new bloggers.

Ah, now we arrive at the part of this post that has me sweating a little bit. See, I’m not a very good blogger. I mean it still surprises me that people read and like my reviews, but that’s not what I’m talking about here. It’s only in the last couple of years that I’ve started thinking about what to do with this blog outside of what my next review is going to be. It’s only recently that I actually started following people and expanding the list of blogs that I read, so I feel really under-qualified to be giving out advice, but I’ll try anyway.

Don’t get obsessed with stats – This is a piece of advice from the writer in me and something I struggle with myself. When it comes to likes, shares and general popularity, don’t worry about it. Sure there’s always that nice little buzz when someone likes something you put so much time and effort into, also growing your audience is a part of your job, but it’s not your whole job. If you spend all your time on twitter, facebook and wordpress, then when are you actually writing? Make plans for how to improve your blog, certainly, but remember to focus on your content too, write what you want to write without worrying about how people will react to it. If you start worrying about what people will think or if it’ll be popular you’re likely to give your writer’s block, trust me, I’ve been there. Speak in your own voice and sweat the rest later.

Get involved in the community – Something I’ve been learning recently, talk to people. Read blogs, like posts, comment if you have something to say, even if that’s just to congratulate the blogger on a great post. I know it can be a bit scary at times, but the blogging community here on wordpress is really supportive and nice. Talk to people, you never know what might happen, you may even end up writing a blogger recognition award post.

4. Nominate 10 other bloggers and link their blogs.

And here we are, as I said I’ve only recently been applying myself to expanding the number of blogs I read and follow, I’m not even sure if I follow 10 blogs without checking (I told you I was bad at this). I know there are many, many, many great blogs out there and while I’m in the process of catching up on all the ones I don’t already follow, here’s the ones I can wholeheartedly recommend for you to check out first, and if you have any other suggestions please drop them in the comments.

The Otaku Author Lynn is a fellow author and does some great episodic and seasonal reviews, as well as fun little side projects, like the Saturday Spin-off, where he flexes his creative muscles.

www.crowsworldofanime.com Crow is another pillar of the community, super supportive, and if you want to know what the greatest moment of a given episode was, check out his reviews.

Mechanical Anime Reviews Scott often puts together interesting and heartfelt posts, it’s always a joy to read his work so make sure you do. Also no matter how much he tries to deny it, we all know he’s the master of mecha around here.

Iridium Eye Reviews – Ospreyshire’s blog where he reviews things that, 9 times out of 10, I have never heard of before, which is partly why I like his blog so much. His reviews are always packed full of details and trivia so make sure to check them out.

Umai Yomu Anime Blog I’ve only just started following Yomu’s blog, but what I’ve seen so far has me impressed. It was the School-Live! review that got me to follow them, but I will also recommend the Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai character analysis.

Jon Spencer Reviews This one I feel a little guilty about, because I’ve known about Jon’s blog for a while but its only recently that I’ve started reading his work on a regular basis, which feels like a massive mistake on my part. From insightful reviews to the Creator Showcase, make sure to follow Jon.

Confessions of an Overage otaku Another recent follow and a fellow author! Lots of fun and interesting posts to be found here dissecting anime, though I’ll be honest it was the Kill la Kill posts that got me to follow.

ANIME FEMINISTThis mostly goes out to Marion Bea for their posts on Shonen and how the genre needs to better serve both its female characters and female readership, though really any and all contributors to the site can answer this if they want to. I’ve only just started following, but what I’ve read so far has been really insightful and thought-provoking.

littleanimeblog.com Elisabeth and Dominic have a site packed with the latest anime news as well as fun little posts either reviewing, analysing or just musing on all things anime. Definitely someplace everyone should be checking out if they don’t already.

unshavedmouse Lastly, it only feels right that I include Neil Sharpson here, you know, being an inspiration and all. I’ve followed his blog for a long time (though only recently pressing the actual follow button, you may have noticed a pattern here). If you’re after witty reviews of every Disney film going, sentient maps and communist crows as well as input from the immortal warlock Walt Disney, then this is the place to check out. Also, you know, he has reviewed a few anime in his time, though I fear Mysterious Girlfriend X may have broken him.

Phew, made it. Thank you again Irina and Karandi for nominating me and thank you to everyone for reading so far, I hope you’ve had fun. Now if you’ll excuse me I’ve got some more blogs to read, or was I supposed to be getting my own writing done? You know, I may have just found a conflict in my own advice.

Chris Joynson, aka the Infallible Fish, is a writer, blogger and lover of animation living in Sheffield. The blog updates every Friday.  

October Movie Madness!

31st October 2014, that was when I started this little blog o’mine with a review of Frozen.

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Honestly it feels crazy that I’ve been writing for this blog for nearly five years now, especially when I only started this blog, in part, to build my confidence as a writer (the other reason I started this blog is because I desperately needed some place to talk about all the movies and shows I watch and as it turns out, once I start talking you can’t shut me up!)

Anyway, the anniversary of my blog is a month away and typically I use that anniversary post to look at a film which belongs to a franchise I adore. In the past I’ve done Madoka Magica Rebellion,

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Fullmetal Alchemist – Conqueror of Shamballa,

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How to Train your Dragon 2,

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And last year’s, Tangled the series: Queen for a Day,

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This year it’s going to be Digimon the Movie to tie in with all the other Digimon reviews I’ve been doing (and, yes, expect another oversized title card, I’m actually really proud of this one and I can’t wait for people to see it). However, this is a 5 year anniversary and that feels like a big deal, so I’m going to indulge myself a bit this coming month.

For this year only the movies are taking over October as I’m going to be reviewing a movie tied into a franchise I adore each week (some I’ve talked about before, some I haven’t), so here’s the schedule for October,

4th October – Batman Hush

11th October – Fate/Stay Night: Heaven’s Feel – 1. Presage Flower

18th October – My Hero Academia: Two Heroes

25th October – Digimon the Movie

I’m already a little bit giddy with excitement, and to anyone who’s read, liked or commented on any of my posts over the past five years, firstly, you’re amazing, secondly, thank you. I hope everyone’s going to enjoy this as much as I am right now, but enough waffling from me, meet me back here on friday when the party will really begin!

Chris Joynson, aka the Infallible Fish, is a writer, blogger and lover of animation living in Sheffield. The blog updates every Friday.  

Want to be a Writer? Check out these guys!

Ok I did mention in my last post (here) that I belong to a writer’s group. Basically we all get together, read our stories to one another, offer advice and generally have a laugh. If you want to become a writer the best advice I can give you is to find one such group in your local area and check it out. These guys have been a great help and support to me and my fledgling writing.

The reason I’m telling you this is that the group has, finally, got the old blog up an running again. The latest post is by yours truly (here), with a couple of other posts already up and more on the way. The site should update every wednesday and saturday. If you have aspirations for being a writer, check it out for some useful tips. That’s all for now, back tomorrow with a review!